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A Short Life
Badly Lived

Last week, a 24-year-old man shot and killed
himself after he shot a sheriff's lieutenant and
multiple deputies opened fire on him,
following a bank robbery.

Above, Ross Chrisman, 24, deceased

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- We really don't know that much about Ross Chrisman. But there's a slew of arrest information about him on the Manatee and Sarasota County Sheriff's web sites.

The earliest arrest information entries on the Sarasota County Sheriff's website were in April of 2006. He was just 17 years old at the time. The charges were for Driving Without a License. He picked up another similar charge in December of 2006.

In 2008, Chrisman was arrested and charged with Escape. We don't know the particulars of that case.

In 2009, he was arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office for Shoplifting and Violation of Probation. At that time, Chrisman was just 20 years old.

Above, Ross Chrisman at age 20

The next significant entry on the SSO website was in 2010. He was arrested and charged with False Ownership Information on Pawned Item and Dealing in Stolen Property. Also in 2010, there was an arrest for Burglary and Larceny, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and another Larceny charge.

In addition, in 2010 Chrisman was arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office for Shoplifting once again and Violation of Probation, as well, once again.

He wasn't heard from again in Sarasota until 2013, when he was arrested for Resisting Arrest with Violence. That was in September of 2013.

But then the tide began to turn for Chrisman...for the worse.

In September of 2013, Chrisman was arrested and charged by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office on warrants for his arrest for 16 counts of Burglary of an Unoccupied Residence and 5 counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card. Oh, and he was also busted on a warrant for Driving on a Suspended/Revoked/Canceled Driver License. He fought those charges in court over a lengthy process and in April of this year the State Attorney's Office decided not to prosecute him further.

He must have been getting desperate, because on Sunday, April 13th, according to surveillance video and evidence found at the scene of his death a day later confirm that Ross Chrisman was the same person who robbed the Shell Gas Station at 2800 Bee Ridge Road at 11:00 p.m. Sunday and the Stop 'N Shop at 4201 S. Tamiami Trail at 7:20 a.m. Monday, April 14th, in Sarasota.

Above, deputies at the scene of the ensuing shootout
(photo by Heather Chadwick, NewsManatee)

Then, a few hours later at approximately 11:25 a.m. on Monday, deputies responded to a bank robbery at Florida Bank located at 3704 84th Ave. Circle E. in southern Manatee County. According to witnesses, the suspect, later identified as Chrisman, entered the bank and demanded money. The suspect was armed with a handgun. The suspect fled the bank in a white pick-up truck.

Several minutes later, Manatee County Sheriff's Lieutenant Bob Mealy spotted the suspect vehicle heading north on 15th St. E. The suspect vehicle continued north and then turned around and headed south on U.S. 301. Stop Sticks were used twice in an attempt to stop the vehicle.

The suspect vehicle stopped in the 5100 block of 33rd St. E. As deputies approached the vehicle, the suspect fired a shot and struck Lt. Mealy in the arm. Deputies returned fire and multiple rounds were exchanged between the suspect and deputies.

When the smoke had cleared, Chrisman was dead. So was his dog.

The preliminary autopsy shows Chrisman died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. When the truck was searched, deputies discovered a deceased dog. Later information from MSO said that deputies had apparently killed the dog in the shootout crossfire.

And so, in less than seven years of his adult life, Chrisman tried the criminal route to success, but failed. His was a short life, badly lived.


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